Milk production in India, by the end of 2016-17, has been 20.13% higher than the production of 2013-14. Further, the production has been estimated to be increased by 6.4% in 2016-17 over 2015-16. In past, the growth rate has been 6.3% in 2014-15; 6.3% in 2015-16 and 6.4% in 2016-17. Thus, there is concurrent high growth rate maintained over the past three years. Aligning with this picture, in the current year (2017-18) also the Dairy sector gradually picking up its momentum towards the projected target of National Action Plan for Dairy Development, a press released issued by Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India has said.
According to the release, as regards to seasonal estimation, the total milk production has increased from 51.33 million tonnes during 2016-17 (summer) to 53.77 million tonnes during 2017-18 (summer) registering a growth 4.7%. The same is comparatively higher than the growth rate of summer season 2015-16 to 2016-17 (3.9%). Thus, even during the summer season of 2017-18, the growth rate is higher and sustained.
The first five highest milk producing States during Summer Season 2017-18 were Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh, the release has further added.